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4/4/2013 2:14:00 PM
Boys tennis still searching for first win after losses to Flagstaff
Joseph Sandoval (rear) and Logan Connella (front)VVN/Travis Guy
Joseph Sandoval (rear) and Logan Connella (front)

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Match scores

Match 1 at Flagstaff High School


Court 1: Tanner Caron and Gilbert Quidera 2-8

Court 2: Talon Walz and Turner Walz 8-5

Court 3: Joseph Sandoval and Logan Connella 5-8


Court 1: Talon Walz 6-4, 6-3

Court 2: Tanner Caron 3-6, 3-6

Court 3: Gilbert Quidera 4-6, 5-7

Court 4: Turner Walz 3-6, 5-7

Court 5: Joseph Sandoval 6-7, 7-6 (10-7)

Court 6:Logan Conella 6-4, 3-6 (4-10)

Match 2 vs. Flagstaff HIgh School


Court 1: Tanner Caron and Gilbert Quidera 4-8

Court 2: Talon Walz and Turner Walz 8-2

Court 3: Joseph Sandoval and Logan Connella 4-8


Court 1: Talon Walz 6-2, 6-2

Court 2: Tanner Caron 2-6, 4-6

Court 3: Gilbert Quidera 4-6, 6-4 (4-10)

Court 4: Turner Walz 4-6, 0-6

Court 5: Joseph Sandoval 6-2, 2-6 (10-7)

Court 6:Logan Conella 6-3, 6-4

Travis Guy
Sports Reporter

In what is becoming common theme for the Mingus Union boys tennis team, the Marauders dropped another close match, this time, a 5-4 loss to Flagstaff High School.

Mingus traveled up the mountain to visit Flagstaff on April 2nd, playing a game that was rescheduled due to weather.

Originally being paired with junior Tanner Caron for doubles play, junior Talon Walz was switched to play double with his younger brother Turner. This move has benefited the team so far. In the first match against Flagstaff, the duo won their match 8-5. Tanner was paired with senior Gilbert Quidera. The pair was not as lucky as the brothers; losing 8-2, and freshmen Logan Connella and Joseph Sandoval are beginning to come into their own as a double duo.

"We kind of figured out each other, it's a brotherhood going on here," Logan said. "We know what the others going to do, what the other thinking. [At first] it was, 'hey, I'm Logan, hi I'm Joseph,' but now its best buds."

Through the first match, Talon continued his unbeaten streak with a 6-4, 6-3 win. Joseph picked up the only other singles win of the match. After dropping his first set 7-6, the freshman battled back to win the next one 7-6. With the match knotted up, the players had to play a tiebreaker set. Joseph out-dueled his opponent and claimed the match with a 10-7 set score.

Going into April, 3rd's set of matches against Flagstaff, the players knew adjustments had to be made, especially for those that lost their matches the previous day.

The doubles matches played out like the prior days. The Walz brothers scored a 8-2 win and the other two matches lost 8-4. Despite the double loss, the pair of Logan and Joseph are beginning to learn how the other plays and grow as a doubles team.

"I think we've come a long way," Joseph said. "At first we didn't communicate very well, but now we're talking to each other better, saying like 'hold off on that ball, I got it,' before we were just swinging away at it."

Through singles play, the Marauders were able to make some adjustments, playing harder against the Eagles. Gilbert played back to grasp the second set of his match 6-4, but fell short of winning the tiebreaker set 10-4.

Joseph again played a close match, with his opponent making adjustments over the 24-hour period of time between matches. Joseph still fought and claimed victory with a 10-7 tiebreaker win.

"It was kind of different because I won my last one, so he knew what to look for and kind of had the upper hand on that part," Joseph said. "It was kind of tough because I didn't know what his game plan would be. I tried to play the same but his game plan was a little bit different than yesterday."

That was Joseph's third win on the season. With this being his first year playing tennis, he is really encouraged with his progression.

"I think I'm progressing more," Joseph said. "Before I was being really cautious with my hits and holding a lot back because, I know I can hit it harder, but I'm starting to loosen up and starting to hit my own strokes, as [compared to] before when I first started."

Logan was able to make the right adjustments for his opponent, beating him in straight sets with scores of 6-3, 6-4, to make the final match score 5­-4 in favor of the Eagles.

"I knew what he was good at and I learned what shots I can work on and what shots he could handle."

The Marauders will host Sedona Red Rock High School on Monday, April 8th, at 3:45 p.m. The first time the teams squared off, Sedona sent Mingus home with a 5-4 loss.

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